I feel dejected. How can I motivate myself to write again at Hubpages?
I have 23 hubs and my last hub was over 3 weeks ago. I have over 50 drafts waiting in my account. I just can't get myself to complete even one of them... Traffic and earnings have been steadily falling... Please help me! I've been a HP member for 5 months, and one of my hubs was even 'Hub of the Day'. Tips and tricks would be really appreciated, as would be general encouragement.
To be honest, you need to just sit down and DO them. Writing is also an art, you usually can't just force it. I did it as a job, so it comes a lot easier for me. Either way, you need to try to find some enjoyment in what you're writing- I love to learn in general, so almost every project I take on is good to go. If you can't bring yourself to do them, you probably need to write about a new niche. Or, you may just have an attention disorder like me LOL. I have about 15 drafts. Some of which are over 500 words... Yeahhhhh. Also, motivation is a huge factor. If you feel like you're failing, of course you're not going to get far. You're feeling like you're beating a dead horse. Find a new achievement you've made- and use that as a focal point.
Very interesting thought there. You are basically telling me to focus on the mind game... Oftentimes, I simply don't have the patience to sit and write the type of articles that are successful on HP, but I get your point.
Sorry, it just won't allow my full answer to appear for some reason. I will try and send it to you via fanmail.
WTH my answer just disappeared. Grrgh let me see if I can remember what I just wrote!
"I have over 50 drafts waiting in my account."
Please try This has happened to me a couple of times!
This is ridiculous. It won't allow me to paste my answer on the mail either.
But the main point I made on my answer is that you should not keep more than 3-5 in drafts and learn keyword research.
HP has changed over the past couple of years. Don't give up hope. Write what you are passionate about and forget about the politics.
Yes, I believe that's a fundamental thing to success... Forgetting about the metrics and just focussing on the work. Thanks!
I have a couple hubs that are sitting there unfinished. Either because I lost interest, or couldn't figure out what to write. I have found that writing about something else helps. Even something that may not get a lot of views. I have one, that has got maybe 20 views. I wrote it just because it helped clear my mind. Every now and then it gets a hit or 2. It was fun for me to write, so I did it. Look for inspiration in others things rather than hub pages. Just go for a walk, or go and see what catches your mind. Write down ideas. Maybe even d some hub surfing. Sometimes great ideas come from reading others work. Obviously you got the talent. Just make it work. Maybe add a little to each hub as you think about it. You don't have to finish it all at one time.
Thank you! I do some of the things you've mentioned, like hubsurfing and going for walks, and noting down ideas as and when they arise...
I go through seasons or weeks, where I can't seem to finish things. I too have many half written waiting. Writing is time consuming, and image finding takes a lot of time as well. I find myself slumping when I am depressed or too busy in life. One thing I can tell you is to write about whatever you are passionate about. Your piece on West papua was an excellent work. You are a great writer. I wish I had half your talent and writing abilities. You are gifted.
With 50 drafts waiting I think you are overwhelmed with the idea of finishing that many. I would forget about the numbers and choose one you would like to finish the most and work on that. Just do however much you can do in any given day. When it is finished, celebrate. Then when you're ready go to another one you feel strongly about. There are no hubbers or hub mucky mucks with stop watches. How important are earnings to you? That can really put the pressure on as well. I like the money, but have made very little but I love to write and that's the main reason I do it.
You have a lot to say to the world. I will say a prayer for you.
Thank you for the goodwill and prayer dear Lambservant! I really appreciate your kind words... You have a very important point: the love of writing will get us through, as will the passion for bringing issues to the community's nitice...
I've had lulls where I couldn't write anything at all. There were two things that helped me: 1) I started typing pages out of a book, just copying the work until the words suddenly became my own, and 2) i just wrote a word that popped in my mind over and over again until I was disinterested and started with another word, and another, until I started writing actual sentences. It may seem tedious or unorthodox, but it could be something you could try. Best advice is don't give up!
I find your suggestions very meaningful... I will most certainly give them a try! Thanks a lot for your time in helping me!
you are welcome rohanfelix. i was thankful for others in their inspiration and sometimes it helps to just reach out. happy writing!
I agree with Dragonfly. Writing is not such an easy task but it is rewarding in my ways. You gain skills and build your talent. HP is a great community that will support your efforts. Yes, don't give up!
Be optimistic, that is my first advice. Then be confident. You have just started and already done some good work. Why worry? You have the talent. What you need is some patience and little more confidence. Things will come out positively. Try to gain some easily achievable accolades first as it will improve your confidence level. Next attempt should be to increase traffic, to which you need to apply at least some basic SEO or Search Engine Optimization Techniques. Keep on writing hubs regularly and publish at least once a week. I have written some tips so as to help the freshers like you, which you can find from my profile page. Please go through the same and plan and play your own strategies. Then pray God to achieve some fine result. I am sure you will succeed. I have no doubt that if you listen these tips seriously and honestly, you can be a successful hubber by your first anniversary here. Please note that one of your hubs has already been selected as HOD. What does it mean? Nothing but quality. What does it again mean? You have the caliber to prove your writing skill. Be cheerful man. I await the pleasure of hearing your success story shortly. All the best dear.
Thank you so much Sunil! I find your words to be very motivating! I'll surely check out your hubs and try to apply some of the techniques you've recommended!
i have 20 drafts waiting for me to finish too. I usually publish 1 hub per month, since the earning isn't good, no point rushing yourself. With the title, i browse internet and magazines for points. Jot them down and rewrite with my own words. It took me 2-3 weeks to complete 1 hub. So don't rush.
Interesting view! Thank you! I see you are one of those slow and steady people around here!
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